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    Open Minds, Open Doors - more please!

    2 February 2017

    The home and community support services (HCSS) sector is crying out for more training opportunities like Open Minds, Open Doors, following the success of the popular dementia training programme.

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    “I seen the little lamp” – Mansfield and the cognitively impaired mind

    31 January 2017

    Classic works of literature have been expertly adapted for those living with dementia and cognitive decline in an attempt to rekindle a love of reading in people who might otherwise struggle to read. By JUDE BARBACK.

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    Licence To Occupy model used for dementia care suites

    19 January 2017

    In what is thought to be a New Zealand first, Summerset has opened a dementia care facility offering Licence to Occupy (LTO) apartments. The new centre, which is located at Summerset by the Ranges in Levin, opened its doors in November last year.  

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    Healthbots set up home at Selwyn

    3 November 2014

    Following a trial at Selwyn Heights retirement village in 2013, the Selwyn Foundation has now introduced four robotic seals – or healthbots - to promote interaction and provide comfort for residents in Selwyn rest homes.

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    New research reveals Kiwis fear dementia

    1 September 2014

    In new research released by Alzheimers NZ, more than a third of New Zealanders state that dementia is one of the things they fear most about getting older, with 15 per cent fearing dementia more than any other condition, second only to cancer.

September 2016

May 2016

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    Supported decision-making and people living with dementia

    CHRIS PERKINS discusses some innovative methods of communicating with people living with dementia that can help them to make the important decisions in their lives.

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    Dealing with dementia

    As the general public becomes more familiar with dementia and what it means, the obsession with cure and prevention increases. But as a society, perhaps we should be looking to truly embrace dementia-friendly communities instead, suggests JUDE BARBACK.

March 2016

September 2015

August 2015

May 2015

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    ED's Letter

    I attended the Home and Community Health Association’s 2015 conference in Auckland last month. Among the excellent speakers was Professor Nicholas Mays from the United Kingdom, who spoke about the difficulties in achieving a truly integrated health system, one where all parts of health and social care work together to provide a seamless and coordinated service for the customer.

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    Dementia design – the Kiwi way

    The plans for the new dementia village

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    Dancing with dementia

    JUDE BARBACK looks at a recent dance and dementia project that has had a lasting impact.

March 2015

December 2014

June 2014

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    Improving the dementia environment at home

    CAROLINE BARTLE provides a comprehensive checklist for identifying areas of the home that could be enhanced to support and improve the quality of daily life for the individual living with dementia.

May 2014

July 2013

May 2013

September 2012

  • Dementia and nutrition

    CAROLINE BARTLE discusses the importance of good nutrition for people with dementia and gives some practical advice to help make meal times easier.